Writer’s Development Program

Want to create written resources to help our church grow in love and maturity? Apply today! Find community and collaboration with other writers as you grow in your skills, love and knowledge of Jesus.

The Vision

 

The Writer Development Program is a new 8 month-long training program at The Austin Stone created by writers for writers.

Our goal is to train writers in our church to be faithful creators who reflect God as the ultimate Creator. We hope to accomplish this by producing excellent work that communicates Truth with clarity and love, all for the glory of God and the edification of His local church.

If you love to write and want to use that gift to create resources for our church, we encourage you to apply! This program focuses primarily on learning to create curriculum for teaching environments and small group studies. However, because we believe that ‘cross-training’ is helpful to development, you will be introduced to and practice a variety of writing types.

As writers and followers of Christ, we value collaboration, humility, and excellence. We want to mature in these areas and help others grow too as we seek to serve God and our church together!

 

Why should you apply?

This is a comprehensive writing development program, and our end goal is to develop writers who steward well their love of writing, both in serving the local church and in creatively engaging with the world.

$99

Covers everything

8

Months of training

128

Hours of learning

How to Apply

More than ever, this world needs people who can write the truth in a clear, compelling, and loving way. But this skill does not come without hard work, training, and practice. The Writer Development Program will challenge you to hone your craft of written communication for the sake of the gospel, that the effectiveness of your ministry and witness would grow, to the glory of Jesus Christ.

1. Fill out the application as thoroughly as possible.

2. Attach a sample of your work in Section 2 of the application. If no sample work is included, your application won’t be considered!

3. Wait to hear from the Writer Development Team. You’ll be notified no later than September 1st, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Writer Development Program?
The Writer Development Program is a new 8 month-long training program at The Austin Stone created by writers for writers.

Our goal is to train writers in our church to be faithful creators who reflect God as the ultimate Creator. We hope to do this by producing excellent work that communicates Truth with clarity and love, all for the glory of God and the edification of His local church.

If you love to write and want to learn to steward that gift well, we encourage you to apply! This program focuses on training the writer as a whole person. A sampling of topics we’ll cover include: the intersection of theology and creativity, what it means to be a Christian who writes, and the necessity of regular collaboration and critique. We’ll also spend plenty of time honing the practical skills of good writing, and, because we believe that ‘cross-training’ is helpful to development, we’ll practice a variety of writing types.

Who should apply?
Applicants need to have completed the Austin Stone Men’s and Women’s Development Program or Leadership Development Program or a similarly rigorous theological training program. At this time, the Writer Development Program is for adults over 18 years of age.

Is there a cost associated with the Writer Development Program?
In order to cover program resources, there will be a $99 program fee for each participant. However, we don’t want finances to be an inhibitor of participation. Please contact writerdev@austinstone.org to discuss any concerns regarding this fee.

What does my $99 cover?
The program fee covers resources and costs associated with the program, such as facility rental and curriculum.

How long is the Writer Development Program?
Writer Development Program runs from October 2018 to May 2019.

What is the structure of this program?
The Writer Development Program is holistic in its approach. Monthly rhythms include group trainings, individual assignments, regular deadlines, and cohort critique sessions. Be prepared to share your work with others and receive feedback so you can grow as a writer.

Large group meetings will generally be one Wednesday night/month from 6:30pm-9pm and will focus on theology and practical skill training.

Each participant will be assigned to a smaller cohort that will meet twice per month to do more in-depth learning, writing practice, and critique.

We will also gather as a creative community various times throughout the year for meetups with other creatives, panels and writing-related discussions, meals, and events in the great Austin creative community. These times will not be mandatory but will be highly encouraged… trust us, you’ll want to be there!

I have never really written before, but I want to learn to write. Should I still apply?
You can still apply; however, please know that we require a writing sample from all applicants. Some basic knowledge of writing form and function will be helpful but is not required.

When is the application deadline?
Applications are due by midnight, August 15th, 2018.

When will I receive a reply regarding acceptance to the program?
You will receive a confirmation email on completion and receipt of your application. All applicants to the program will receive a final response regarding program participation by September 1st, 2018.

Who do I contact with specific questions?
Please email writerdev@austinstone.org with any specific questions.

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As writers and followers of Christ, we value collaboration, humility, and excellence. We want to mature in these areas and help others grow too as we seek to serve God and our church together!

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